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(From New Straits Times (Malaysia))
Byline: YEO YANG POH
WHILE both the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education have clarified that students (including Muslim students) are not compelled to wear headscarves (thus respecting one's right of choice), the Inspector-General of Police is reported to have issued a directive that all policewomen should wear a tudung at official functions, purportedly for the sake of uniformity. This is a regressive move.
If uniformity can be offered as a complete justification for compulsion and deprivation of choice, then the same could be applied to the situation in schools, universities and other areas of life.